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mushroom cooking class?

granolagurl Feb 5, 2011 03:33 PM

my inspiring-chef hubby would LOVE to take a cooking class focusing on mushrooms, wanting to incorporate some of those fancy shrooms we see at whole foods and other spendy markets into our meals. anyone know of any classes like this (p.s. we are pescatarians, so that might be somewhat limiting).


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    Ora Moose Feb 7, 2011 05:38 AM

    I'll let you in on an unorthodox little secret that works well for me.

    Buy some dried figs at Trader Joe's (or anywhere else) and chop a couple of them in with your mushrooms, braised in butter or olive oil. Lip smacking goodness.

    Then again, I like mushrooms no matter how you cook them... and btw what's a pescatarian? Fish only?

    Trader Joe's
    1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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    1. re: Ora Moose
      granolagurl Feb 7, 2011 02:52 PM

      yep, like a vegetarian with the addition of fish (or like a carnivore with the subtraction of meat).

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      granolagurl Feb 6, 2011 09:46 AM

      ha! i meant "aspiring" NOT "inspiring" (although i do think he IS an inspiration).

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      1. re: granolagurl
        smtucker Feb 6, 2011 10:02 AM

        I second the recommendation that you set up a private session to learn something so specific. The Cambridge Culinary Institute has some well-regarded teachers who enjoy one-on-one lessons or talk with this guy: http://www.artepicure.com/

        Enjoy those shrooms!

        p.s. I would be thrilled to receive a class like this for a birthday, Xmas, Valentines', it is the Third Friday present.

      2. rchudy Feb 6, 2011 05:44 AM

        a lot of personal chefs also offer in-home cooking lessons, which is what you're after vs. taking a larger class somewhere that may or may not focus on mushrooms. My advice would be to go to the Cambridge Culinary website and contact the personal chefs to learn more. I do know of a couple that fit the bill.

        1. Locutus Feb 6, 2011 02:42 AM

          Google is your friend.

          I agree with Mike5966. There is probably no such course. If you went to Culinary School they "might" focus on shrooms for a day. Other than that Google Baby!

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            smtucker Feb 5, 2011 06:38 PM

            Help me understand your request... you husband is a professional chef looking to learn more about mushrooms, or an enthusiastic home cook?

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            1. re: smtucker
              Mike5966 Feb 5, 2011 06:48 PM

              I think if you replace "inspiring" with "aspiring," it makes sense that he's an enthusiastic home cook.

              Also, for the OP, I think it's extremely unlikely to find such a specialized cooking class. I bought some of those yellowfoot mushrooms at WF last week and sauteed with butter and salt. Served with a piece of monkfish, it was pretty good, but those mushrooms are pretty delicate and started to fall apart a little before they browned up properly. Might take better to poaching in some kind of broth. My point is I can see why you're interested, but I think you'll be out of luck looking for formal didactics.

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